Dear Carmel Creek Families,
Mrs. Borin our technology instructor wanted to update you on technology experiences that you child has participated in over the past month.
Hour of Code:
In December, all students at Carmel Creek, participated in the National Hour of Code event during their Technology Lab classes. This event was designed to promote computer coding and show students that it is a fun and exciting activity! In addition, coding develops problem solving skills, logic and creativity. Our students learned to design their own Google Logo in third grade, and had a snowball fight with Snoopy and Woodstock in first grade! Kindergarteners solved puzzles and learned how to code "The Foos," while second graders coded dragons to search for treasure! Many students expressed that they wanted to be able to do these activities at home. Below is a link to the two sites we used, with many activities available for both iPad and desktop. You can also search activities by grade level.
For the Hour of Code website, https://csedweek.org/learn
For the Code.org website, https://studio.code.org/courses
In addition to coding, one of the other topics students are learning about in Technology Lab is Digital Citizenship. Carmel Creek is a Common Sense Media Certified School: Digital Citizenship, and thus students are learning to be safe and responsible citizens online. So far, we have discussed how to use the internet safely, keyword searching, and keeping personal information private. Through the course of the school year, students will experience five different lessons. These lessons will also include information on citing resources, cyber bullying, and online respect. Attached is a family tip sheet on smart searching, to support reinforcing these concepts at home. If you would like to access the Common Sense Media website, the link is below.
Solana Beach School District Common Sense Media Website, https://www.sbsd.k12.ca.us/Page/821
This past week, student participated in the National Speak Up Survey. This is a confidential survey, therefore student names were not provided, Speak Up is an annual research project conducted by Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit group that collects and reports on the views of K-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents on education and technology. More than 5 million students, educators, parents, administrators, and community members have shared their views regarding the use of educational technology through the Speak Up survey. It is our District goal to have as many staff, parents and teachers participate as possible. The survey takes about 20 minutes and you can access the survey through the link posted on our school website.
Have a great week!
Mrs. Borin, Technology Instructor
Mrs. Ryder, Principal